Our little piece of former farm land is undergoing a large renovation this year. We made some baby steps in this direction last year, but this year’s the year. We’d hoped to have bee hives, but one of our immediate neighbors has yet to get on board. Someday. . . until then, we’ve undertaken other projects–expanding the vegetable garden, manipulating the existing grape vine to have it serve as more of a “green fence” and setting up a mason bee hive in our plum tree to introduce more native pollinators (until we can get our bees). As part of the grape vine fence project, we removed the shiny buckthorn hedges with the help of a handy friend with a Jeep. Amazing what quick work a tow rope with enough force will do to those crazy rootballs. . .
Opti jumped into urban agriculture full steam ahead this weekend. Starting with our Saturday morning visit to Mother Earth Gardens where we supplimented our previous purchase of praying mantis with a peat moss substitute, composted manure, pasque flowers (yay!), onion sets, a mason bee “hive” and mason bee larve. I love this place.
When we got home, he went to town helping bust sod for our garden expansion. . .the helpful enthusiasm is great, please please please let it last all season!
The perfect morning sandwich (assembled bottom to top): bottom of a toasted english muffin, guac, fried egg with swiss cheese melted on it, two crispy bacon slices, top of a toasted english muffin. Each bite affirmation that getting out of bed was worth it–even if its only to experience this. ; )
I thought it would be impossible to top the moist flavor of cedar wrapped salmon, but this stuff-rubbed with Ginger and smoked chipotle paste? Mind numbingly good.